Most of us are working from home these days. Here are three tips to maximize your productivity:
1. Set a Schedule: When working from home it’s easy to feel like the workday never ends. After all, you’re home all the time, so you’re technically able to work at all hours. Don’t fall into this trap. Set a schedule of specific hours each day that you are to work and stick to it.
2. Limit Checking of Email: There’s a difference between being busy and being productive. Checking email mostly falls under the category of being busy. Being productive means taking some kind of action -- writing a brief; making sales calls, or researching data for a project. Ask yourself at the end of the day, “What did I accomplish?” You need to be able to answer with an actionable step.
3. Break up the Day: Most of us work best with small breaks. It gives us the time we need to rest and recharge. Schedule them throughout the day, 15 minutes here, 20 minutes there. Use that time to go for a short walk or read the news. And in the middle of the day, step away from your computer and eat lunch.